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Redskins training camp practice report, Day 1: A soggy start

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Redskins training camp practice report, Day 1: A soggy start

RICHMOND—The Redskins went out for their first training camp practice a little late due to a moderate, steady rain that had been falling all morning. Although they did wait a while to start letting fans into the Bon Secours training center, indicating that they might have been considering a change in the practice schedule, nothing changed after a delay to remove the tarps from the field, things got going about 15 minutes late.

Here are my observations from that practice, at least as many as I can read from my rain-soaked notebook.

Richard Crawford, who tore multiple knee ligaments about 11 months ago, came out onto the field without a brace or even a protective sleeve. That’s a good sign for him; he needs every rep he can get.

—The very first session of practice was dedicated to special teams. That is something new, perhaps denoting a new emphasis.

Josh LeRibeus was moving well during some O-line drill, drawing praise from position coach Chris Foerster. He seems to be in good shape but he still faced a tough battle to make the roster after the team drafted Spencer Long.

—Elsewhere, the running backs were running pass patterns. Alfred Morris ran a nice-looking route but the pass wasn’t quite on target. It was a bit high but catchable; however, the wet ball slipped through his hands.

—Although the field is wet it remains in pretty good shape. Some locals said that they made improvements to the drainage. If that’s the case, the system held up pretty well for its first test.

—Things were a bit bumpy for Robert Griffin III and the offense during the first set of 11 on 11 drills. During one four-snap sequence Griffin fumbled, then he had a miscommunication with Pierre Garçon as the receiver went one way and the pass went the other. The next play never got started as someone moved early and then the next snap resulted in a busted play.

—Things didn’t get any better. A little later in that set Griffin threw a short pass to Garçon too low. The quarterback dropped down and did about a dozen pushups as penance for his misplay.

Jordan Reed made a nice grab while going out of bounds. If he can stay healthy, the sky is the limit.

Kirk Cousins threw a pass across his body into a crowd of defenders. The only reason it wasn’t picked off was that the three defenders could decide who was going to catch it.

—On one play Keenan Robinson stayed with Reed across the middle and reached in and batted away the pass. I don’t see him getting knocked out of the starting job.

—CB Courtney Bridget did a nice job of staying with DeSean Jackson on a deep route. He stayed with the receiver step for step and either got a fingertip on the ball to knock it away or created a distraction. In any case, he got the job done and the pass was incomplete.

—The only receiver who has been around for a while who was working with special teams coverage units was Aldrick Robinson. He knows he will have to step up there to make the 53.

Lache Seastrunk can change directions quickly, even violently. On one run he cut up the sideline and tore out a couple of big divots out of the turn. He didn’t lose his balance in the process.

—Here is your second-team offensive line from right to left:

  • Tom Compton
  • Spencer Long
  • Mike McGlynn
  • Josh LeRibeus
  • Morgan Moses

—Your third-team OL, also right to left:

  • Compton
  • Kevin Kowalski
  • Tevita Stevens
  • Adam Gettis
  • Moses

There are only four tackles in camp so Compton and Moses pull double duty.

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3 reasons why Redskins promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator makes sense

3 reasons why Redskins promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator makes sense

Championship Sunday produced a flurry of Redskins news. A pair of internal promotions erased the team's vacant coordinator positions, as Greg Manusky landed the defensive coordinator spot and Matt Cavanaugh will take over as offensive coordinator. When Sean McVay left to coach the Rams, many expected Cavanaugh to take over his spot. Here are three reasons why:

  1. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - There was plenty to criticize from the Redskins the last two seasons, but not much of it came on offense. Cavanaugh joined the organization in 2015 as quarterback coach, and the offense has consistently improved in those two seasons. Though the team struggled to score TDs in the Red Zone, the 2016 version of the Redskins moved the ball at a team-record clip and ranked among the top offensive teams in NFL yardage. When something is working as well as the 'Skins offense, it's not wise to change it dramatically.
  2. Impressive work - Cavanaugh began coaching QBs for the Redskins in 2015. Kirk Cousins took over as Redskins starting quarterback in 2015. In two years working together, Cousins twice broke the Redskins franchise passing record and is now poised to get a mega-contract in free agency. Talking after the 'Skins loss to the Giants earlier this month, Jay Gruden said, "I think [Cousins'] really improved his game a lot in the last couple years. And a lot of it has to do with Matt Cavanaugh and Sean McVay."
  3. Make the call - The biggest question remaining for the Redskins - outside of the HUGE unknown surrounding Cousins - will be about play calling. All indications are that Jay Gruden will return to calling the plays from the Washington sideline, and obviously, that's a situation Cavanaugh understands. For two seasons now, Cavanaugh along with McVay, Gruden and offensive line coach Bill Callahan have had input on play calling. With McVay gone, Cavanaugh and Callahan will likely contribute even more in support of Gruden. 

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